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Experience the nostalgic sound of vinyl with this fully automatic belt-driven turntable that supports 33-1/3 and 45 rpm record playback speeds and features a USB output for importing your favorite records' tracks to a PC.
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    92% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1236 out of 1344)

    Features


    Belt drive system; fully automatic operation

    Supports 33-1/3 and 45 rpm record playback speeds

    Built-in phono preamp; EQ switch for devices without a phono input

    USB output and included Audio Studio software let you import record tracks to a PC in MP3 audio format; L/R RCA audio output

    Signal-to-noise ratio: >50dB

    Includes dust cover


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 1344 reviews

    92%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great turntable when you have proper expectations!

      Posted
      GRJJH77
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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Great turntable when you have proper expectations! After some time with the Sony turn table I am convinced that many of the negative reviews this turntable gets are the result of either improper expectations or issues with the included software for ripping MP3s. Addressing the later first, the included software isn’t great and has some issues with 64bit operating systems. I don’t use it, you can use any audio program you want including Audacity that is available completely free. On that note the USB function of this TT works great. You just have to select the Turntable as your source when you are doing your recordings. Alternatively since the TT has an included Pre-Amp you can run line-in right to the sound card and not have to worry about USB or driver issues. But this is a turntable and ultimately I bought it to listen to vinyl records. I am very happy with it’s performance here. It’s important to understand that for 129.00 you are not getting a pro-level turntable but it’s far and above the cheapo options out there. The cartridge is not changeable, but the stylus is. It’s fully automatic and supports 33 1/3 or 45RPMs. Sorry no 78s but I don’t have 78s so I’m not counting that as a downside because I had that expectation going in. It’s fully automatic so you pop your record on press a mechanical button and it queues its self to the beginning of the record. It will also stop and return the tone arm on its own at the end of the record. You can manual queue using the UP/DOWN button as well. The sound is solid for my rig a decent but not super high end Denon with Yamaha tower speakers. You do have to place the platter (Aluminum) and set the drive belt when assembling for the first time but it’s made super easy. The mat is rubber and not felt like some higher end systems. The construction is plastic not metal but I don’t have a problem with its appearance. Is this a pro/dj level TT? Absolutely not and I hope you’re not looking in the 130.00 range for such an item. If you want to upgrade your cartridge, scratch vinyl at parties or tweak you anti-skate and tracking force this isn’t for you. I’d suggest starting at minimum with the Audio-Technical LP-120 and going up from there. If you want something at a low price to listen to vinyl with a good sound that can connect via USB, phono inputs OR line-level RCA inputs this is it. The RCA cable is hard wired and a little short but pick up an extension and your’ fine. A great value! A note on “hum” a have seen a few reviews complaining of hum. This TT is sensitive to being placed close to your speakers/sub and will pass some of that back. Like any TT placement and leveling is important. Also, it will pickup noise if the volume is high and the cover open/off. Not an issue with the cover closed for what it’s worth.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Excellent Entry Level Turntable

      Posted
      RHEDTH

      I recently picked up this turntable at my local Best Buy, and I was extremely happy with my purchase before I even walked out the door. The cashier rang it up and after sales tax and everything it was about $140 -- and I began to hesitate. The cashier asked why and I explained I had seen it online for a LOT cheaper. She asked me where, I told her on Amazon's website.. and she immediately had a manager come over and look it up and they matched the price for me. They did this all on their own as I not only didn't force the issue or even ask, but I didn't even know they did that in the first place. So I was incredibly thankful that they took the time to save me what would end up being about $40. I got it home, opened the box. Item was packed well. The consumer is responsible for putting the belt and plate on but it was very, very easy and I had the thing together in less than 2 minutes. Brought it to the living room, plugged in my Bose Companion II speakers with the RCA output cord built into the turntable. Put on a 12" LP and was immediately happy. If you don't have a separate pre-amp -- no worries, the built in pre-amp is perfectly capable of filling up a room. I would certainly suggest at least decent speakers. You can plug these into 2.1 computer speakers, but if you're going cheap with those, you won't be fully utilizing the sound quality this turntable is pushing out. The Bose speakers I mentioned earlier are at least 3 or 4 years old and I swear by them. Best $100 you could spend at an electronics store. I use them with my TV, Computer, and now my Sony Turntable. My only complaints; The software to make mp3's from your records is for Windows only.. and I use a Mac. It's still possible to perform the task but if you're a Mac user the included software is only useful as a beer coaster. The turntable is pretty much all plastic.. and therefore feels somewhat fragile. Other than that, my only other complaint is the hardwired RCA output -- it works perfectly fine but the cord is extremely short.. so unless you plan on having your setup be very compact.. you'll need to grab an RCA extension cord. If you're just getting into turntables, or need to replace your old one without breaking the bank -- this offering from Sony should be on your shopping list.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Awesome Turntable

      Posted
      Diabrettic
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I have had this player for the larger part of a decade now, and I have to say that it's a quality piece of work. Great sound quality and longevity. I haven't had to replace the needle and it sounds great. I have been using the USB ability to record with Sony Sound Forge Audio Studio. This is a reason I removed 1/2 a star. The recording and software work well, but not perfectly. This may be related to the cable I use but there is some noise in the recordings created with this turntable and software. The is a high pitched noise in the background of some recordings I have made, only really audible when the song is quiet or between tracks. I also advise you tread lightly in the room you are recoring in because a stomp on the floor can be reflected in the recording. Regardless, it's still an awesome way to buy new music and get it on your iPod, or in my case, Zune. The other 1/2 star is lost because a ew years into owning the turntable it became a little bratty. You normally just press start and automatically the arm raises, moves above the album, and gently lowers itself into place and begins playing. Mine, however, will only do that sometimes. Other times It will lower itself, immediately raise itself, move back to the arm rest, lower itself, and stop spinning the platter. Worst is when it gets above the outermost edge and raises and lowers itself in perpetuity. The way to fix these problems is to manually raise the arm, flip down the needle cover, move the arm as far right as it will go, and allow it to lower itself before manually placing it back on the rest. The try again. Or just avoid the whole thing by placing the needle on the track manually. All in all, a fantastic turntable. A great investment despite its few flaws that I hope to use for ten more years to come.

      I would recommend this to a friend

      • Brand response

        SonyListens

        Hello Diabrettic, thank you for your feedback and for choosing SONY. Best regards, Oscar.Sonystyle

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      So far, so good

      Posted
      dmanning

      This is a review on just the sound of the player. I have not tried to record anything yet. I may amend the review at that time. This is just a review of the sound. Firstly, I am using the phonograph with my Yamaha receiver and surround sound (Polk towers in front, yamahas everywhere else, powered sub). The player was pretty easy to put together (read the instructions to make sure I got it right) and took ten minutes. Basically it is putting the wheel on and attaching the rubber band that turns the wheel. Someone said something about having to put it on, but think about it- you don't want that band sitting stretched unused at the warehouse, getting brittle. You want it sealed so it is fresh and lasts longer when you open it. I bought the audiophile edition Appetite For Destruction LP at the same time from BB. I am no audiophile, but I do own a ton of SACDs, DVD-Audios, remasters of classic albums, imports, reg. CDs, iPods, shuffles, tapes, etc. I know what I like and have heard about everything. I still think I am just a guy who likes music. That said, I love what I'm hearing so far. While I will abmit I'm a sucker for surround sound and am blown away by SACD's like Pink Floyd and DTS 5.1 music like Queen that I can hear all around me, for stereo purposes, this sounds fantastic. I can't imagine a higher priced player that I would be able to tell the difference on. People claim that the music is warmer and If I know what they are saying, I think it might be true. Axel Rose doesn't sound like he is right in my face like he does on CDs. He seems a little more blended, although you can pick out all the instruments w/out a problem. The crackle in between sounds takes me back to the 1970s listening to my K-Tel records in the basement. The first time I bumped the player and it skipped I waited for my older sister to yell at me. It's nice being older now :) If you have LPs and no player, why not? You can make use of those LPs and they sound nice and clear. You also have the ability to make them into mp3s, if you so choose. Thats it. I'm off to ebay to look for my next LP.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great record player!

      Posted
      DaveRGroh

      I was fortunate enough to find this great turntable at my local best buy for about a third of the full-price because it was an open-box special. I'm loving this player already. The Sony software it comes with is great too. It allows for simple vinyl to MP3 conversion should you choose to backup your classic albums with that snap, crackle, and pop that today's crisp CD's lack. (Not necessarily a good things for those of us who grew up listening to vinyl.) Don't get me wrong, I love listening to music on CD's, but sometimes the nostalgic side of me wants to listen to the crackling and popping of the records. The overall sound quality is great. Setup is simple. I'm guessing the turntable I purchased was returned because someone probably didn't read the manual and thought the player was defective. There is some minor assembly required. There is the silver platter which must be put in place as well as the rubber pad on top of the silver platter. First, however; there is a rubber belt wrapped around the base of the silver platter. This belt MUST be placed around the piece which spins the platter. If you do not do that first your player will appear to be non-functional. If you're not the type to read manuals (like myself) you may miss that. In any case, this is a great player and I was lucky to get a great deal on it. The retail price seems a bit high for me... especially when there are players on the market that you can get for 99 bucks, but it's definitely a good quality product! I'd highly recommend it for anyone who wants to convert their classic albums to a digital format.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Worst birthday ever

      Posted
      SuzieTX

      I bought this turntable as a gift for my husband's birthday after reading good reviews here. The turntable arrived on time and intact, and I excitedly wrapped it along with several of his favorite albums. He was overjoyed to open it and started setting it up the next day. The software that came with this product asked for an item number, which was nowhere to be found. When we contacted Sony for more information, my husband was told that this product hasn't been in production since 2009, and because it is "SO OLD" they wouldn't be able to help us. This prompted my husband to ask me where I got it, and how much I paid for it. I was mortified. After some online sleuthing, he finally got the turntable to work -- it took over an hour to figure out, and he's no slouch! But, it gets worse. When he put a record on, it played way too fast. He found other reviews saying they had the same problem, and the support response was that the motor was defective and would need to go in for repairs. Remember -- this was a new turntable right out of the box. Unbelievable! Not only am I embarrassed, but incredibly disappointed that a gift could turn out so bad. I now have a bunch of vinyl and a special stand, with no workable turntable. Needless to say, I'm taking this back and demanding a refund. My advice -- literally buy any turntable but this one. Surely you can find one from this decade that will work better. If only Best Buy sold time machines so I could go back and save myself the hassle and embarrassment.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Nice audio cleanup

      Posted
      rwrcos

      I just received this turntable as a gift, and plan to use it to convert my vinyl albums to CDs. It was very easy to plug and play using the USB port, and I have tried it on 8-10 albums so far. The audio cleanup software is pretty successful at removing pops and hiss, not perfect, but much cleaner than the original. When using the USB connection, however, there doesn't seem to be a way to adjust the recording level, so I have gotten some distortion/clipping on some albums because the recording level was too high. If I could adjust the recording level, this would be much better - maybe using the line-in jacks would allow adjustment. The software is not at all successful at recognizing the tracks. I am currently saving the music file as one long track, and then seperating them manually using another piece of software (audacity). It's a bit of a manual process, but the end result is a pretty nice CD of an old (in some cases almost 50 year old) vinyl record. I have not tried this player connected through my stereo receiver, only through my computer. It can play 45's and 33's and has an adjustment for the record size as well. It also has a little flip down stylus guard which I like.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great sound, easy to operate and set up

      Posted
      Akira808
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I purchased this turntable as "open box". When I opened it, everything was in accounted for. After reading the manual, assembly only took me five minutes. Now came to recording. The software provided is for Windows only. For those of you who have a Mac like me, you can download Audacity, which is an open-source recording software. When starting up for the first time, go to the Preferences (Command-,) and in the input choose USB AUDIO CODEC and click OK. No drivers are necessary. Once I did this, I was up and running. I was surprised with the sound quality; it sounded great!! I especially liked the automatic function, which prevents the records from being scratched. For the price, this turntable serves the purpose. The assembly instructions were clear and I had no problems at all. Replacement parts for this turntable are available at www.sony.encompass.com. The model number is PS-LX300USB. Here are the part numbers for the following: Drive belt 9-885-117-87 Sylus 9-885-135-44

      I would recommend this to a friend

      • Brand response

        SonyListens

        Hi Akira808,
        We're really glad to hear that you're having a good time with your turntable! Thank you for choosing Sony!
        >Joffrey




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